Fighting Bad Writing Habits: A Belated Quiet, Sleepy, NSFW Rant-Ballad on Writing Resolutions

We writers are a finicky bunch, are we not? It’s not because we’re all gifted with the artistic license to be quirky, riddlesome conundrum people the second we decare ourselves writers; we’re not all out there penning the next new great American novel (or, in reality, the latest trash-trend listicle). No, we are finicky because we often, as a group, have a bad habit of adopting some rather typical (and contradictory) artistic characteristis, […]

By the Light of a Laptop Late at Night

writing, writing habits, night writing, insomnia, computer light

Insomnia, night writing, and the idealize/idolize paradox It’s 5 a.m. and I am reluctantly (unwillingly?) sitting up, in the dark, at my desk in the living room. Because the heater is built into the wall right under my desk, and because my desk is wedged between the wall and the sofa (NYC apartments, what can I say?), my legs are getting the full blast of hot air meant to warm the […]

To NaNoWriMo or Not to NaNoWriMo

Officially, I’ve been NaNoWriMo-ing for the past six years. For those of you who don’t know, or manage to survive the modern writing life without getting inundated with emails and social invites to its events, NaNoWriMo, or National Novel Writing Month, is an annual event in many a writerly circle. Free to participate in, NaNoWriMo is more of a movement about empowering artists to work on their craft and support each […]

Why I Still Do Morning Pages: Thoughts on Writing & Commitment

I first picked up a copy of Julia Cameron’s The Artist’s Way in the summer of 2009 when I was fresh out of college with a shiny new degree, a ton of ambition and absolutely no idea where to channel all that writerly energy. I bought the copy, well used and already written in, at the now defunct Inner Chapters Bookstore on Fairview Ave in Seattle’s South Lake Union (before it […]

Goodbye to All That…Having a Job ‘n Stuff

Today I discovered that I have to quit my job. Why? The reason: Because I made a promise to myself some weeks back, and if you can’t keep even a simple promise to yourself, you’re basically no good at anything, right? The real reason: Because I really, really, really, really want to. A few months shy of my three year anniversary in New York I had trudged past several of […]